Talking about ADHD

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Talking about ADHD

This section helps parents, carers and teachers to:

  • Discuss what ADHD is, and who it affects
  • Identify the symptoms and effects of ADHD.

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Talking about ADHD

The science behind ADHD can be complex. However, it is important when talking about ADHD to focus on facts, as it can be confusing for children, parents, carers and teachers when facing a lot of mistaken information about this common medical condition.

This short presentation gives you an introductory overview to help you start finding out and talking about ADHD. It includes:

  • What it is
  • Who it affects
  • The symptoms
  • Examples of what can be done to help.

Talking about ADHD

A coaching tool introducing ADHD - explaining what it is, who it affects, symptoms and help examples


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These materials have been produced with practical advice and guidance provided by the expert European ADHD Awareness Taskforce.